The Genius of Emily Dickinson and Her Idiosyncrasies
Emily Dickinson’s poetry is full of hyphens and capitalized words. Are these idiosyncrasies in her poetry a sign of her poetic genius?
Is Mr. Marlow the Hero of Heart of Darkness?
Mr. Marlow is the hero of Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness, overcoming the dark, forbidding wilderness of the wild Congo of late 1800’s Africa.
Who Killed the Mockingbird?
In every truly good work of literature, there is a main character who always seems to be the antithesis of a common person. Often times, this character is a protagonist who struggles to stand by their own beliefs, but persists no matter what the cost. A perfect example of this type of protagonist would be […]
An Analysis of the Poem “Birches” by Robert Frost
One of my all-time favorite poems is “Birches” by Robert Frost. Perhaps, my affection for the work has much to do with having to do an in-depth analysis of the poem for a senior English assignment. After revisiting this academic piece years later, I decided to post it in a somewhat revised form on my […]
Is Everything That is Written Literature?
As someone who has written on thousands of subjects in many different niches over the years, I’ve amassed quite a writing archive. It occurred to me recently that I wasn’t sure what was worthy of carrying forward into my present. Tending to be one to go down rabbit holes on a whim, I started digging […]
The Quest for Immortality Never Ends in Eternal Life
Immortality is a human impossibility, at least as far as eternal youth in life is concerned. Even then, for millennia people have sought out the Fountain of Youth or whatever will bring them perpetual youth in the mortal world. But, what purpose does a life without death have? Our own realization of death’s imminence forces […]
What I Learned About Self-Discovery from “Heart of Darkness”
It has long been my particular fear of not being received well as a writer. No doubt, it’s the worst kind of fear that a prolific writer can have. As I found my own writing growing dense, I worried I’d get to a point where no one would understand what I had to say but […]
On Modernist Themes in “I, Too” and “Democracy” by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes is one of the most famous New Negro Movement poets. Hughes may be considered a Modernist poet, but he was unlike many of his peers in terms of ambiguity and uncertainty. In fact, his work is quite straightforward. Still, the themes which Hughes uses in his poetry, such as alienation, dislocation, and inequality, […]